Volatile energy and petrochemical feedstock prices, unsettled by events in Venezuela and the Middle East, are having a predictable effect on resin prices. Price hikes in almost all resins are coming thick and fast, making it hard to keep track of current market prices.

PE prices shoot up

Polyethylene prices were on the rise in March and April for processors with 30-day and 60-day contract protection, respectively, as suppliers sought to implement 6¢/lb increases scheduled for Feb. 1. A new 5¢/lb hike for March 15, supported by all major suppliers, was also under way. Moreover, an energy surcharge of 6¢/lb was issued in March by Nova Chemicals for all purchases (no exceptions), effective immediately. At press time, other suppliers were reportedly instituting similar surcharges.

Meanwhile, Dow Wire & Cable Compounds in Houston boosted all its polyolefin wire/cable materials by 5¢/lb on April 1. This comes on top of a 6¢/lb increase on Jan. 24. Spot prices are up 11¢/lb since the start of the year.

Contributing factors: The resin increases are driven by the unprecedented price escalation of feedstock and energy costs, a situation that is expected to continue. Moreover, resin supply has tightened considerably as production has been curtailed. LL/LDPE film grades are particularly tight, while HDPE injection and blow molding grades are a bit looser.

 

PP prices up

Polypropylene prices went up 3¢/lb in March, following implementation of an earlier 3¢ hike in February. A new round of 5¢ increases was announced for April 1. The emergence of still more increases for May is considered probable. Spot resin prices are up 9¢/lb since the start of the year.

Contributing factors: Resin suppliers are trying to catch up with propylene monomer costs. Polymer-grade propylene contract prices went up 2¢/lb in January, 2¢ in February, 4¢ in March, and April appeared ripe for another 3¢ increase. That would total 11¢/lb in four months, bringing propylene prices to over 30¢/lb. (Propylene’s last major price spike was in 1999, when in reached 27¢/lb).

Resin suppliers say they will barely break even when all pending increases are implemented, totaling 11¢/lb. Meanwhile, resin demand is strong and supply is tight because of a temporary shortness of monomer supply.

 

Engineering resins rise

Briefly summarizing recent changes in engineering and other thermoplastics:

  • BASF hiked nylon injection molding grades by 14¢/lb on March 18. At press time last month there was no word of anyone else following suit.
  • PBT resins were raised 7¢ by BASF on March 18 and 9¢/lb by Ticona on April 1. GE said it also raised PBT by an unspecified amount.
  • BASF and Ticona both hiked acetals 10¢/lb on April 1.
  • Ticona raised tabs on Impet PET, Riteflex polyester TPE, and Vadar polyester alloy by 7¢ April 1.
  • Dow pushed ABS and SAN prices up 7¢ on April 1. GE said its ABS prices were up, too.
  • Polycarbonate suppliers also admitted to raising prices but would not discuss actual amounts.
  • Acrylic prices are on the rise with an 8¢/lb announcement by Cyro for April 1. Another increase is said to be likely within a month.

 

TDI, MDI, polyols up

April 1 price hikes on polyurethane chemicals—TDI, MDI, and polyols—have been issued by all major suppliers. Dow, Bayer, BASF, and Huntsman issued price increases of 10¢/lb for TDI, and 7¢ to 8¢/lb for pure and polymeric MDI. Rigid and flexible polyols went up 6-7¢, and BASF also raised its rigid and flexible foam systems 8¢ and spray-foam systems 10¢/lb. Dow added a 3¢/lb upcharge for tank-truck deliveries of all PUR products.

Moreover, in a surprising move, Dow issued further increases to take effect March 15. They include an additional 11¢/lb hike on TDI and 4¢/lb on MDI and polyether and copolymer polyols.

 

Thermosets go up again

After 4¢/lb hikes on unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins in February, suppliers announced similar or larger increases for early to mid-March. Reichhold, Interplastic, and Cook Composites raised polyesters 4¢/lb. Dow Plastics did the same for Derakane vinyl esters. AOC, however, announced a 5¢/lb hike on all resins, gel coats, and pigment pastes. Ashland did the same for its polyesters, vinyl esters, and gel coats. Most suppliers say another increase is likely for May.

Epoxy prices are up, too. Dow raised epoxy resins and hardeners on April 1. Resins went up 7¢ to 10¢/lb, while hardeners rose 6¢. 

 

 

Market Prices Effective Mid-Mar A
 
 RESIN GRADEb¢/LB¢/CU INc 

 ABS 

  

  
 
 MED IMPACT  62 - 82    2.4 - 3.1    
 HI IMPACT  72 - 85    2.7 - 3.2    
 X-HI IMPACT  82 - 105    3.1 - 3.9    
 HI HEAT  85 - 95    3.2 - 3.6    
 PIPE  58 - 62    2.2 - 2.3    
 SHEET  75 - 90    3.0 - 3.7    
 TRANSPARENT  125 - 165    4.9 - 6.4    
 FITTINGS  65 - 78    2.4 - 2.9    
 PLATING  95 - 105    3.5 - 3.9    
 FLAME RET  105 - 135    4.6 - 5.9    
 STRUCT FM  83 - 97    3.6 - 4.3    
 10% GLASS  125 - 140    5.0 - 5.6    
 30% GLASS  116 - 136    5.3 - 6.3    
 ABS/PC ALLOY  135 - 165    5.6 - 6.8    
 ABS/PVC ALLOY  130 - 135    5.8 - 6.1    
 ABS/NYLON ALLOY  190    7.3    


 ACETAL 

  

  
 
 HOMOPOL  130 - 147    6.7 - 7.3    
 20% GLASS  160 - 220    9.0 - 12.4    
 COPOLYMER  133 - 137    6.8 - 7.0    
 25% GLASS  160 - 215    9.2 - 12.3    


 ACRYLIC 

  

  
 
 G-P  72 - 102    3.0 - 4.3    
 IMPACT  130 - 191    5.4 - 7.9    


 ACRYLONITRILE COPOL 

  

  
 
 EXTRUSION  101 - 116    4.0 - 4.6    
 INJECTION  120 - 135    4.8 - 5.4    


 ALKYD 

65 - 74   

4.9 - 5.5   
 


 CELLULOSICS 

  

  
 
 ACETATE  187    8.6    
 CAB  184    7.9    
 CAP  184    7.9    


 DAP (G-P) 

251 - 497   

16.7 - 34.7   
 


 EPOXY 

  

  
 
 G-P RESIN  116 - 126    NAd    
 COMPOUNDS          
 C/B/Te  123 - 166    9.4 - 12.9    
 R/C/Df  208 - 271    15.3 - 20.1    
 SEMICONDUCTOR          
 NOVOLAC  193 - 228    13.1 - 15.9    
 ANHYDRIDE  188 - 268    13.9 - 19.2    


 EVA 

  

  
 
 INJECTION  46 - 52    1.5 - 1.7    
 FILM EXTRU  42 - 49    1.4 - 1.6    


 EVOH 

265   

11.3   
 


 FLUORO-POLYMER 

  

  
 
 CTFE  4500    346.6    
 ECTFE  1400 - 1600    108.3 - 123.8  
 ETFE  1100 - 1600    73.6 - 107.1   
 FEP  925 - 1400    71.3 - 107.9   
 PFA  1700 - 2400    131.6 - 185.8  
 PTFE  450 - 900    34.8 - 69.7    
 PVDF  650 - 800    41.4 - 50.9    


 IONOMER 

  

  
 
 PACKAGING  127 - 166    4.3 - 6.0    
 INDUSTRIAL  150 - 244    5.0 - 8.3    


 LIQUID-CRYSTAL POLYMERS 

  

  
 
 INJECTION MIN FILLED  690 - 1035    44.2 - 72.1    
 GLASS FILLED  695 - 895    40 - 52    
 CARBON FILLED  1700 - 2000    83.2 - 138.6   
 UNFILLED  1000 - 1200    58 - 70    
 EXTRUSION UNFILLED  1200 - 2200    60.5 - 110.9   


 MELAMINE COMPOUND 

90 - 94   

5.5 - 5.6   
 


 MELAMINE/PHENOLIC COMPOUND 

75 - 83   

4.5 - 5.0   
 


 NYLON 

  

  
 
 TYPE 6  124 - 139    6.2 - 7.0    
 MIN FILLED  119 - 132    5.9 - 6.6    
 30% GLASS  150 - 160    7.2 - 7.7    
 TYPE 66  140 - 155    7.4 - 8.2    
 MIN FILLED  140 - 148    7.4 - 7.8    
 30% GLASS  180 - 190    8.8 - 9.3    
 TYPE 69  250 - 276    9.7 - 10.7    
 TYPE 6/10  286 - 313    12.4 - 13.6    
 TYPE 612  400    15.3    
 30% GLASS  309 - 311    14.7    
 40% GLASS  309    14.7    
 TYPE 46  295    12.6    
 TYPE 11  329 - 341    13.6 - 14.1    
 30% GLASS  331 - 350    15.0 - 15.8    
 40% GLASS  347 - 360    17.7 - 18.5    
 TYPE 12  318 - 341    12.1 - 13.0    
 30% GLASS  327 - 350    14.7 - 15.8    
 50% GLASS  299 - 340    15.6 - 17.8    
 TRANSPARENT AMORPHOUS  247 - 360    10.3 - 15.0    


 PHENOLIC MOLD COMP 

55.5 - 87.5   

2.8 - 4.0   
 
 REINFORCED GRADES  100.5 - 267.5   6.0 - 15.9    


 POLYAMIDE-IMIDEg 

  

  
 
 UNFILLED  2310 - 3045    124.7 - 164.4  
 30% GLASS  2250 - 2985    130.4 - 173.0  
 30% CARBON FIB.  3260 - 3950    173.6 - 210.5  


 POLYARYLATE 

200 - 280   

8.8 - 12.3   
 


 POLYARYL SULFONE 

440   

21.8   
 


 POLYBUTYLENE 

  

  
 
 G-P  94 - 96    3.1    
 FILM  88 - 91    2.9    
 PIPE          
 COLD WATER  116 - 120    3.9 - 4.0    
 HOT WATER  162 - 166    5.5 - 5.6    


 POLYCARBONATE 

  

  
 
 INJECTION  138 - 165    5.9 - 7.0    
 20% GLASS  177 - 190    7.6 - 8.2    
 30% GLASS  178 - 217    7.6 - 9.3    
 EXTRUSION  127 - 145    5.4 - 6.2    
 BLOW MOLD  140 - 170    6.0 - 7.3    
 STRUCT FOAM  149 - 181    6.4 - 7.8    
 20% GLASS  235 - 255    10.1 - 11.0    
 FR  166 - 197    7.1 - 8.5    
 CD  82 - 100    3.5 - 4.3    


 POLYESTER (TP) PBT TYPE 

  

  
 
 UNFILLED  143 - 150    6.9    
 HI-IMP  154 - 165    7.6    
 30% GLASS, FR  165 - 187    10.0    
 STRUCT FOAM  159 - 165    NAd    


 PET 

  

  
 
 BOTTLE (RAILCAR)  63 - 67    3.2 - 3.4    
 MOD PET          
 30% GLASS  132 - 143    7.4    
 55% GLASS  148 - 155    9.8    
 30% GLASS FLAME RET  147 - 157    9.2    
 PETG COPOL  114 - 124    5.2 - 5.6    
 RESIN GRADEb¢/LB¢/CU INc


 POLYESTER THERMOSET 

  

  
 
 G-P ORTHO  53 - 57    NAd    
 ISOPHTHALIC  70 - 80    NAd    
 BIS-A  120 - 150    NAd    


 PEEK 

4400   

231   
 
 30% GLASS  3300    173    


 POLYETHERIMIDE 

641 - 646   

29.3 - 29.5   
 
 30% GLASS  526 - 531    24.0 - 24.2    


 POLYETHERKETONE (PEK) 

2950   

130.1   
 
 30% GLASS  2600    153    


 POLYETHERSULFONE 

350 - 400   

17.2 - 19.7   
 
 30% GLASS  425 - 525    21 - 25.9    


 POLYETHYLENE (RAILCAR) LDPE 

  

  
 
 G-P MOLDING & EXTRU  63 - 66 Prices Went Up  
 2.1 - 2.2 Prices Went Up  
 
 INJECTION  63 - 66 Prices Went Up  
 2.1 - 2.2 Prices Went Up  
 
 LID RESIN  64 - 67 Prices Went Up  
 2.1 - 2.2 Prices Went Up  
 
 LINER  62 - 65 Prices Went Up  
 2.1 Prices Went Up  
 
 CLARITY  60 - 62 Prices Went Up  
 2.0 Prices Went Up  
 
 EXTRU COATG  63 - 65 Prices Went Up  
 2.1 Prices Went Up  
 
 BLOW MOLD  64 - 67 Prices Went Up  
 2.1 - 2.2 Prices Went Up  
 


 LLDPE, BUTENE BASED 

  

  
 
 G-P MOLDING  49 - 51 Prices Went Up  
 1.6 - 1.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 FILM  51 - 53 Prices Went Up  
 1.7 - 1.8 Prices Went Up  
 
 ROTOMOLD  53 - 55 Prices Went Up  
 1.8 Prices Went Up  
 


 LLDPE, HAO-BASED 

  

  
 
 G-P MOLDING  55 - 57 Prices Went Up  
 1.9 Prices Went Up  
 
 LID RESIN  61 - 64 Prices Went Up  
 2.0 - 2.1 Prices Went Up  
 
 LINER FILM  56 - 58 Prices Went Up  
 1.9 Prices Went Up  
 


 HDPE 

  

  
 
 G-P INJ MOLD  50 - 52 Prices Went Up  
 1.7 - 1.8 Prices Went Up  
 
 FILM  59 - 61 Prices Went Up  
 2.0 - 2.1 Prices Went Up  
 
 BLOW MOLD  53 - 55 Prices Went Up  
 1.8 - 1.9 Prices Went Up  
 

 HMW-HDPE 

  

  
 
 BLOW MOLDING  60 - 62 Prices Went Up  
 2.1 Prices Went Up  
 
 FILM  63 - 65 Prices Went Up  
 2.2 Prices Went Up  
 
 PIPE  67 - 69 Prices Went Up  
 2.3 - 2.4 Prices Went Up  
 


 UHMW-PE 

100 - 125   

3.6 - 3.7   
 


 PPE/PPO BASED RESIN 

  

  
 
 INJECTION  180    6.8    
 20% GLASSh  283    12.3    
 30% GLASSh  291    13.3    
 EXTRUSIONh  242    9.2    
 STRUCT FM  231    NAd    


 PPS 

  

  
 
 40% GLASS  340 - 385    20 - 23    
 55% GLASS/MINERAL  275 - 295    18    
 65% GLASS/MINERAL  205 - 260    15 - 19    


 POLYPROPYLENE (RAILCAR) 

  

  
 
 G-P HOMOPOL INJECTION  45 - 47 Prices Went Up  
 1.5 - 1.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 EXTRUSION FIBER  44 - 46 Prices Went Up  
 1.4 - 1.5 Prices Went Up  
 
 PROFILES  46 - 49 Prices Went Up  
 1.5 - 1.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 RANDOM COPOL          
 BLOW MOLDING  50 - 52 Prices Went Up  
 1.6 - 1.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 FILM  48 - 52 Prices Went Up  
 1.6 - 1.7 Prices Went Up  
 
 INJECTION  47 - 49 Prices Went Up  
 1.6 Prices Went Up  
 
 IMPACT COPOL          
 MED IMP  60 - 63 Prices Went Up  
 1.9 Prices Went Up  
 
 HI IMP  63 - 66 Prices Went Up  
 1.9 - 2.0 Prices Went Up  
 


 POLYSTYRENE (RAILCAR) 

  

  
 
 G-P CRYSTAL  43 - 45    1.6    
 HI HEAT  44 - 47    1.6 - 1.7    
 HIPS  46 - 49    1.7 - 1.8    
 SUPER HI IMP  58 - 62    2.2 - 2.3    
 FR  81 - 92    3.0 - 3.5    
 STRUCT FM (FR)  91 - 93    na    


 EPS 

  

  
 
 UNMODIFIED  74 - 78    NAd    
 MODIFIED  78 - 89    NAd    


 POLYSULFONE 

425 - 500   

19 - 22.3   
 
 10% GLASS 430 20.6  600    28.    
 30% GLASS 372 20.01  550    25.9    


 POLYURETHANE (TP) 

  

  
 
 ESTER TYPE  185 - 255    8 - 11    
 ETHER TYPE  245 - 295    10.6 - 13    


 PU ISOCYANATES 

  

  
 
 POLYMERIC MDI  105 - 115    NAd    
 80/20 TDI  110 - 120    NAd    


 PVC RESIN (RAILCAR) 

  

  
 
 G-P HOMOPOL  33 - 36    NAd    
 PIPE  31 - 32    NAd    
 FILM  42 - 42    NAd    
 COPOLYMER FLOORING  44 - 46    NAd    
 DISPERSION HOMOPOLY  56 - 60    NAd    
 COPOLYMER  60 - 64    NAd    
 CPVC PIPE COMPOUND  119    NAd    


 PVDC 

  

  
 
 EXTRUDABLE  162    NAd    


 SILICONES 

  

  
 
 MOLD. COMP.  581 - 640    38.1 - 39.3    
 SPECIALTY GR.  891 - 3148    NAd    
 SILICONE/EPOXY  339 - 343    22.5 - 22.8    


 STYRENEACRYLIC 

108 - 112   

3.7 - 4.0   
 


 SAN (G-P) 

66 - 74   

2.5 - 2.8   
 


 STYRENE MALEIC ANHYDRIDE 

  

  
 
 G-P  110 - 115    4.2 - 4.3    
 HI IMP  130 - 140    4.2 - 4.5    
 FR  175 - 183    6.7 - 7.0    


 TP ELASTOMERS 

  

  
 
 OLEFINIC  70 - 76    2.4    
 POLYAMIDE  287 - 337    10.4 - 12.3    
 POLYESTER  200 - 310    8.8 - 13.6    
 STYRENIC  82 - 237    2.9 - 8.3    


 UREA MOLDING COMPOUND 

  

  
 
 BLACK & BROWN  67 - 78    3.6 - 4.1    
 WHITE & IVORY  72    3.8    


 VINYL ESTER 

  

  
 
 COR RES  147    NAd    
 HEAT & COR RES  161    NAd    

KEY: Colored areas indicate pricing activity. An arrow () indicates direction of price change. aTruckload, unless otherwise specified. bUnfilled, natural color, unless otherwise specified. cBased on typical or average density. dNot applicable. eNovolac and anhydride grades for coils, bushings, transformers. fNovolac and anhydride grades for resisitors, capacitors, diodes. gIn quantities of 20,000 lb. h19,800-lb load.